As you’ve probably learned from some of our previous blog posts such as, “Corporate Team-Building: The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs, and Everything In Between” and “How Does Team Atmosphere Relate to Employee Retention?” there are many benefits to improving the bond and relationship between everybody at work, including all of your staff as well as yourself. One way to do this is to consistently show gratitude towards your team. This demonstrates to them that you are not just a boss, but a true leader and motivator for them as well. Showing appreciation is essential for boosting confidence, morale, and motivation among your staff. Employees are more likely to enjoy being at work and to work harder if they feel like they are making valuable contributions to your company and being appreciated for it.
The key to showing appreciation and thankfulness for your employees is to recognize their efforts and success and demonstrate this consistently. You can show appreciation to just one employee at a time or to all of your employees as a team, depending on the occasion or effort. No matter the case, we’ve complied a list of just some of the very effective ways to say “thank you” to your employees:
1. Provide your employee with a gift certificate to a restaurant, coffee shop, or cafe near the office. Perhaps they can use this on one of their breaks. Or, to make this a team reward, treat the team to lunch once in awhile or even regularly.
2. Offer the employee a reserved parking space that is closer to the building. You may even consider having an employee of the month, in which case you would have a different employee with a prime parking space each month.
3. When emailing your team or specific team members to praise them for their work, copy YOUR boss in on the email so their recognition goes one level higher.
4. If you notice that you have one outstanding employee on your team, be flexible with them in terms of time and location. If possible, let them work from home or flex their hours if they’d like. This shows them that you trust them and their time and resource management.
5. Thank certain employees at the next department meeting or staff meeting. You may even want to point out the specific things they have been doing well to demonstrate that you really pay attention and appreciate them.
6. If the team has been doing well overall, hire a massage therapist to visit the office and give the team massages to reward them for the hard work and relieve some of the stress from this hard work.
7. Never underestimate the power of words. Always remember to give a simple “thank you” or “great job” in order to express your gratitude. We understand that not all businesses have the time or means to show appreciation in each of these ways. That is totally okay, though, as words can go a long way as well. The important thing to remember is to reward when warranted. Never let anyone’s efforts go unnoticed!
Let us know what you think! Employers, is there a certain way you currently like to show appreciation for your team or team members? And employees, how would you like to be thanked by your employer?